Man charged after shooting at New Year's Eve party

Published: Jan. 1, 2019 at 5:08 PM EST
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"When I pulled in this morning, I kind of felt like something had happened, it's just like a sixth sense kind of thing," Rhonda Workman said.

She got to the house she's renting out for veterans when she soon found out, she wasn't wrong about her gut feeling.

At 1:20 a.m. Tuesday morning, just a few doors down, a shooting happened outside of a house at 313 Clift Street. It all started, at a New Year's Eve Party.

Robert Fincher, Deputy Chief of Police for the Martinsville Police Department said, "What should have been a happy time, and everyone celebrating, turned into a horrible tragedy."

When officers arrived, they found 24-year-old Rasheem Harriston dead. 23-year-old Devontae Lee Massey showed up at the hospital with gunshot wounds related to the incident. As he recovers, he faces multiple charges, including murder.

"We have issued warrants on Mr. Massey for second degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, reckless handling of a firearm, and discharging the firearm in the city," Fincher said.

Police say this happened on a street not used to crime.

"It's not a bad neighborhood, I'll say that, it's not one that is of constant problems, we haven't answered calls to this particular house before or anything of that nature," Fincher said.

"It's a very quite street . . . People come and go, they go about they're daily business as far as I can tell, there's no yelling, maybe a dog barking from time to time. It's very quiet," Workman added.

This shooting isn't keeping Workman from working on the home she's renting out.

"It won't stop me, I'll keep going, I'm committed to getting it done," she said.

The incident is still under investigation. if anyone has any information, they are asked to contact Sergeant Richard Ratcliffe or Lieutenant Sandy Hines with the Martinsville Police Department.

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